The NBRPA mourns the loss of Dr. Jack Ramsay

April 28, 2014

Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 89.

After coaching St. Joseph's to an NCAA Final Four Ramsay moved to the NBA and coached the Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers. He guided the Blazers to the 1977 championship, the only title in franchise history, and served as general manager of the title-winning 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers.

After retiring from coaching in 1989, Ramsay transitioned into a successful broadcasting career on both television and radio. Ramsay continued as a color commentator for ESPN Radio until 2013, when his health forced him out of the booth.

Ramsay was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. He was named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history in 1997.

In a statement from John Skipper of ESPN:

"The entire ESPN family is saddened by the loss of our beloved NBA analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay.

It was our great pleasure to work with Dr. Jack and his energy and zest for life resonated in all that he did. He leaves an amazing legacy of helping fans understand and appreciate the game he loved.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his son Chris, a respected member of our ESPN family."